Ancient Order of the Hibernians Homestead Chapter members posing with “A-Go-Go-Irish” banner for the Army Notre Dame college football game, October 1966. Ancient Order of Hibernians, Allegheny County Board Photographs, MSP 351, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center.

Irish Genealogy Workshop

Sunday, March 19, 2017 • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
$30 for History Center members, $40 for non-members
Presented in partnership with the Westmoreland County Historical Society

Add to Calendar03/19/2016 09:00 AM03/19/2016 04:30 PMAmerica/New_YorkIrish Genealogy WorkshopJoin Irish genealogy experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt for a new and expanded workshop on the rich genealogical sources found in Ireland.Heinz History CenterHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Join Irish genealogy experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast for a new and expanded workshop on the rich genealogical sources found in Ireland.

Benefiting beginners and seasoned genealogists alike, this in-depth workshop will examine a multitude of historic records and electronic resources that will enrich your Irish genealogy research.

Irish Genealogy Workshop presentations include:

  • Intro to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research
  • Using Printed Sources for Irish Family History: Newspapers, Street Directories, Ordnance Survey Memoirs, and British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland
  • Emigration from the North of Ireland to North America: Strategies for Researching Emigrant Ancestors
  • Irish Education and School Records: a Valuable Alternative to Non-Available Census Records for Nineteenth Century Research
  • One of Irish Genealogy’s Best Kept Secrets: Using the Registry of Deeds, with a Short Introduction to Irish Wills
  • Solving Your Brick Walls: an Extended Q&A Session

Along with experts from the Ulster Historical Foundation, representatives from the History Center’s Detre Library & Archives, the Museum Conservation Center, the Westmoreland County Historical Society, and other local genealogical societies will also be on hand to share best practices and tips with visitors and fellow researchers.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend a special curator-led tour of the History Center’s Irish American collection on display within the museum’s fourth floor Special Collections Gallery.

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Westmoreland County Historical Society.

Registration & Admission

Please register online. Advance registration is required.

If you are a History Center or Westmoreland County Historical Society member, please enter the membership code MEMBER in the Promo Code box to receive the membership discount. You will be asked to present proof of your membership at check-in.

Box lunches are available for an additional $10.95.

For more information, contact Sierra Green at 412-454-6361 or

Register now

About the Presenters

Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and is responsible for the management of the Foundation’s many genealogical activities. As well as managing the genealogy side of the Foundation’s work, Gillian carries out research for clients and is a hugely experienced user of the General Register Office and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland where she sits on PRONI’s Stakeholder Forum. She regularly teaches courses in Northern Ireland and gives talks on family history in the rest of Ireland, the UK and the USA. Gillian has been co-presenting our annual North American lecture tours since 2013. She has visited Stone Mountain Highland Games (Atlanta, GA) on a number of occasions and also presented at Tourism Ireland’s ‘Discover Northern Ireland’ in Grand Central Terminal, NYC in 2010. For the past six years, she has taught a number of extra mural courses at Stranmillis College and at Queen’s University, in Belfast, as well as to community groups across Northern Ireland. Gillian has carried out the research for a number of television programmes, as well as appearing in several.  She has been with the Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001, and received a degree in History (BA Hons, 1998) and a Masters in Historical Studies (MA, 2000) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Fintan Mullan has been Executive Director of Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. He is responsible for the management of this successful Belfast-based, self-sustaining educational non-profit. Fintan’s publishing experience is extensive, since 2001 he has managed the production of over 100 individual and diverse publications including the perennial favourite Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors. He helped to pioneer the online births, deaths and marriages system which led to, the Irish Family History Foundation’s unique database with over 20 million Irish historical records. He has ensured the Foundation has been at the forefront of digital database developments for Irish genealogy. He is a non-executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation; is a member of the management committee of the Northern Ireland Publications Resource (NIPR), and a former member of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Readers Forum. He is a regular speaker on the North American circuit and was one of the Northern Ireland presenters at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival July 2007. He has also spoken in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Fintan has recently been invited to be a regular contributor to British Connections the magazine of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy, and a master’s degree in Organisation and Management, both from Queen’s University Belfast.

About the Ulster Historical Foundation

The Ulster Historical Foundation is one of Ireland’s foremost genealogy research organizations and publishing houses. Since 2004, the Foundation has devised a series of ground breaking online historical and genealogical resources, which have helped to transform the availability of Irish records for family historians at home and abroad.